How to Travel in Windsor, Ontario

How to Travel in Windsor, Ontario
Windsor is Canada's southernmost city, located in Ontario Province just across the river from Detroit. Windsor combines an urban feel with a variety of outdoor activities that are especially popular in the summer. If you're traveling in Windsor during the warm weather, you can keep cool in your choice of swimming spots or verdant nature areas.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Stay among the trees at the Windsor Inn on the River Bed and Breakfast. The inn overlooks Belle Isle, a park on an island in the Detroit River. The park was designed by Calvert Vaux, who also co-designed Central Park in New York. The Windsor is across the street from another green area, Alexander Park.
The inn features charming suites with plush bedding. It offers full breakfasts in the dining room or the verandah, and picnic lunches to take to the river.
Windsor Inn on the River Bed and Breakfast
3857 Riverside Drive E.
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
(866) 635-0055
windsorinnontheriver.com
Step 2
Head to the Ojibway Nature Centre for a lively lesson on the ecology of the area. You'll get up close to the eastern fox snake and the eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, and you'll look out on a variety regional birds eating at the center's feeders. Naturalists are on hand to answer your questions.
Continue your fun and education in the five surrounding natural areas. Ojibway Park, which houses the center, is one of the most popular, with self-guided trails snaking among 160 acres of trees, grasses and ponds.
Ojibway Nature Centre
200 Matchette Road
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
(519) 966-5852
ojibway.ca/index.htm
Step 3
Don't miss the varied attractions in WIndsor's city parks, starting with the Odette Sculpture Park along the Detroit River. In any season, it's fun to walk among the 31 large-scale sculptures made by world-class artists.
In the 10-acre Coventry Gardens, enjoy the Peace Fountain, with its constantly changing lights, colors and spray patterns. During the summer, visitors flock to the gardens to view the flowers and attend concerts.
Also visit the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in Jackson Park, featuring brick paths and sunken gardens.
Odette Sculpture Park
In Ambassador and Centennial parks, between Huron Church Road and Church Street
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
(519) 255-6100 ext. 6610
citywindsor.ca/000354.asp
Coventry Gardens
Riverside Dr. East and Pillette Rd.
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
(888) 519-3333
citywindsor.ca
Jackson Park
Ouellette Ave. and Tecumseh Rd.
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
(888) 519-3333
citywindsor.ca
Step 4
Head to the beach for swimming fun. The most popular spot is Sandpoint Beach at the mouth of Lake St. Clair. The beach has amenities such as a shower and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find Stop 26, a quieter beach area.
Sand Point Beach
Riverside Drive East at Florence Ave.
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
(519) 253-2300
citywindsor.ca/000533.asp

Tips & Warnings

 
Sandpoint Beach and Stop 26 don't have lifeguards.
 
Sandpoint Beach and Stop 26 don't have lifeguards.

Article Written By Barbara Dunlap

Barbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.

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